HYI Working Paper Series

HYI Working Paper Series

The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to make available working papers by HYI affiliated scholars on topics in the humanities and social sciences, with special attention to the study of Asian culture.

The HYI Working Paper Series welcomes submissions from all HYI-affiliated faculty and fellowship grantees (including graduate students). Scholars are invited to post papers either in English or in an Asian language. To submit a paper, please email strogatz@fas.harvard.edu.

The views expressed in the HYI Working Paper Series are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. HYI Working Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in this series to elicit feedback and to encourage discussion. Copyright belongs to the author(s). Papers may be downloaded for personal use only, and may not be cited without the author's permission.


Literature As A Medium Of Intercultural Communication: A Case Study Of Mo Yan’s Literature Nobel ( Nishit Kumar 王夜, PhD Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University; 2019-20 Harvard Yenching Institute Visiting Fellow) Abstract : Literature is a medium of intercultural communication and reception of...More


American Missionary Views on Siamese Culture and their Evangelical and Social Works in Siam between the mid-19th Century and the early 20th Century ( Siu Kam-wah, Joseph , The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Abstract : This paper aims to analyze the views and criticisms of the American...More
High School Admission Reforms, Equality of Educational Opportunity, and Academic Performance in Taiwan ( Min-Hsiung Huang , Academia Sinica) Abstract: Recent school admission reforms in Taiwan have been designed to avoid an unhealthy focus on academic competence and on preparation for high-stakes...More


조선말기 삼성(三聖) 신앙과 경전 형성 -《성계집(聖乩集)》을 중심으로- ("Three Deities Faith and Distribution of Scriptures in the Late Chosŏn: Based on the Collection of Holy Spirit-Writing ") ( Kim Jihyun , Seoul National University) Paper removed October 2019More
세계사의 시각에서 본 근현대 중국 조세 구조의 전환 (" The Transition of Modern Chinese Tax Structure from the View of Global History") [Korean original version] ( Kang Jin A , Hanyang University) 世界史の視座から見た中国近現代租税構造の転換 ("The Transition of Modern Chinese Tax Structure from the View of Global History") [Japanese...More
洁净与危险:文化人类学视角下的空气污染感知 ("Purity and Danger: Public Perceptions of Air Pollution from A Perspective of Cultural Anthropology") ( Hong Wei and Wang Shuyan, Tsinghua University) 摘要 :近年来,“雾霾”问题逐渐引起全社会的广泛关注。然而,在相似污染环境下,人们对污染严重性的感知和理解却存在差异。本文通过对2013年中国综合社会调查数据、空气质量数据和新闻报道信息的分析,以及多场点的人类学观察,...More
Game Formalized Rights as Long Term Nash Equilibria (Zhu Wanrun, Jilin University) Abstract : Our time is a “Age of Rights”, where rights play a predominant role in every aspect of social life, with the right to same-sex marriage as the latest evidence. In my opinion, the two most powerful...More
A New Model of Control? Party Penetration of Civil Society Organizations in Contemporary China ( Zhou Kai , Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Abstract : The Chinese authoritarian regime has developed an array of sophisticated mechanisms to mitigate the societal challenges arising from civil society...More
More than Affirmative Action: China’s Preferential Policy in the Historical and Comparative Perspectives ( Wang Liping , Peking University) Abstract : With the ethical appeal of equality and justice as well as a more cohesive society, affirmative action policies have been in place for many years...More
视听暴力: “九评”的生产、传播及“红卫兵一代”的记忆 [Visual-auditory Violence: the Production and Transmission of the “Nine Commentaries” and Memories of the Red Guard Generation] (Sun Peidong, Fudan University) 摘要 :文章从媒体事件的角度,聚焦中国社会主义现代性叙述中的“九评”。从自上而下的政治传播与自下而上的民众记忆两个角度,分析“九评”纸质文本和广播文本的组织化传播和接受情境,解读“九评”对“红卫兵一代”的影响及其记忆。...More
Living in the City as Sama-Bajau: The Case of Magsahaya’s Family (Aoyama Waka, the University of Tokyo) Paper removed November 2019More


围观改变中国?——互联网书写与中国式公共领域的特质 [ Have Onlookers Changed China? Characteristics of Internet Writing and the Chinese-style Public Sphere ] ( Tang Xiaobing , East China Normal University) Abstract : In recent years, micro-blog (微博) writing has profoundly influenced the public sphere. Many public...More
日佔時期 (1919-1945) 關東州恩賜財團慈惠資金與兒童奬學資金之社會救濟、醫療保護及兒童教育措施 [Social Relief, Medical Services and Childhood Education Work of the Charity Funds and Child Scholarship Funds of the Imperial Gift Foundation in Guandong Province under the Japanese Occupation, 1919-1945] ( Joseph Siu Kam-wah , Chinese...More
Living in the City as Sama-Bajau: the Case of Kaluman’s Family (Aoyama Waka, University of Tokyo) Paper removed November 2019More
Living a New Life as “Christian Bajau”? (Aoyama Waka, University of Tokyo) Paper removed November 2019More


On the way to All under Heaven Cosmology: The Zhaozhou Bazi Society in West Yunnan (Ma Jianxiong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Abstract : Based on local inscriptions and from the perspective of a micro study of local communities, this research explores the historical dynamics of...More
正义第一原则与财产所有权的民主制 [ The First Principle of Justice and Property-owning Democracy ] ( Lian Zhou , School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China) 论文摘要 :罗尔斯主张正义二原则适用的政经体制并非“福利国家的资本主义”,而是“财产所有权的民主制”或者“自由(民主)社会主义”。本文首先简述罗尔斯对自由社会主义和财产所有权的民主制的正面阐述,以及他对福利国家资本主义的批评;然后将探讨正义第一原则中的“薄版本的经济自由观”的道德理据;最后将通过援引詹姆斯...More
Dis/Re-Connecting Japan to Taiwan: The Complex Feelings of Different Japanese Generations toward Taiwan in Yoshida Shūichi’s Road ( Hiroko Matsuzaki , Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Santa Barbara) The revised working paper has been published in the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies...More
《全元文》作者地理分布的可视化呈现 [ Mapping the Geographical Distribution of Authors in The Complete Prose of the Yuan] ( Xu Yongming , Zhejiang University) [内容提要] 《全元文》的作者共计3200余人,有籍贯或省级行政区域著录的有1794人。本文对这1794位作者的地理分布进行了数据分析及可视化呈现。从对数据的分析和地图的可视化呈现来看,《全元文》的作者主要分布在元中书省所辖的腹里地区和故宋都城临安(杭州)的周边省县,前者主要集中在山东、河北、山西和河南,...More
Living in the City as Sama-Bajau: the Case of Papa Melcito’s Family (Waka Aoyama, The University of Tokyo) Paper removed November 2019More
Living in the City as Sama-Bajau: the Case of Bilaiya’s Family (Waka Aoyama, The University of Tokyo) Paper removed November 2019More
Contentious Diffusion of Human Rights: Evidence from South Korean Print Media, 1990-2010 (Jeong-Woo Koo, Sungkyunkwan University, and Sookyung Kim, Korea University) Abstract : The current scholarship on the human rights diffusion is not well equipped to account for the remarkable dynamics that are...More
Creating Living Space against Social Exclusion: The Experience of Sama-Bajau migrants in Davao City, the Philippines ( Waka AOYAMA, The University of Tokyo) Abstract : In Davao City, the Philippines, ethno-linguistic and cultural diversity are officially treated as resources. However, the Sama-...More


The Symbol of the Dragon and Ways to Shape Cultural Identities in Vietnam and Japan ( Nguyen Ngoc Tho , University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City) Abstract : Vietnam, a member of the ASEAN community, and Japan have been sharing Han-Chinese cultural...More
Higher Education and Authoritarian Resilience: The Case of China, Past and Present (Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University) Why are some autocracies more durable than others? In analyzing the institutional mechanisms that sustain authoritarian regimes, and help to explain their historical longevity...More
Neighborhood Space in 1950s Beijing: Urban Governance in the Early PRC (Park Sang-Soo, Korea University) Abstract : Through an analysis of the early urban administration building process, the formation of neighborhood space, the connotation of “autonomy” ( zizhi ) of Residents’ Committees (RCs),...More
Incongruence between employment status and employment preference of married women in cross-border marriages (Chiu Tuen Yi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) August 2015 - paper removed from website; citation will be provided upon publication . Abstract : A considerable amount of empirical...More
(Re)Crafting Citizenship: Cards, Colors, and the Politic of Identification in Thailand (Pinkaew Laungaramsri, Chiang Mai University) Abstract : This paper traces the genealogy of one type of state artifacts in Thailand, the Identification Card. Central to the research question is how the chaotic...More
When the PRC Penetrates the Northern Thai Borderland: Nationalist Chinese descendants and the Influence of the PRC and Taiwan (Aranya Siriphon, Chiang Mai University) This former working paper has been published in the International Journal of Asian Studies : Aranya Siriphon (2016). THE QIAOBAN,...More
Urban Women: education, hygiene, feminine hygiene products and the Emerging Commodity Market in Early Twentieth-Century Tonkin ( Tran Thi Phuong Hoa , Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences) Abstract : This paper will examine the intersection of feminine identities and consumerism, focusing on the...More
The Role of the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Innovation in Higher Education in Vietnam: 1990-2015 (Edward Baker, Harvard-Yenching Institute) Presented at the Conference " Vietnam 1975-2015: 40 Years of Reunification, Development and Integration," Thu Dau Mot University, Binh Duong City, Vietnam,...More
Higher Education Reform in India and China: The Role of the State (Devesh Kapur, University of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University) Full paper [PDF]More
Generality and Distinctiveness of Korean Language Modernization ( An Yelee , Yonsei University) Abstract : This present paper attempts to explore the general and unique characteristics of Korean language modernization in its early stage (1894-1910) in order to rethink the Europe-centered model of...More


裁判事例にみる職務発明の価値-特許法35条「相当の対価」について [ A Fair Share for Employee Invention under Article 35 of Japanese Patent Law ] (Rieko Nishikawa, Keio University; Akira Rokusha, Keio Law School; Maki Atsushi , Tokyo International University) Abstract : In industrial societies, the allocation of profits from new...More
To Become “Christian Bajau”: The Sama Dilaut’s Conversion to Pentecostal Christianity in Davao City, Philippines ( Aoyama Waka , The University of Tokyo) March 2016 - paper removed Abstract : The predicament of the Sama Dilaut who fled conflict-mired areas in the Southern Philippines northward to...More
The Imperialized Japanese Language Education in Colonial Taiwan and the Manchu State ( 日據臺灣、滿洲時期之皇民化日語教育) ( Siu Kam-wah, Joseph 蕭錦華 ) Abstract: During WWII, Japan made considerable effort to disseminate the spirit of Japanese Imperial Empire and militarism in its colonies and newly-occupied...More
Engel’s Law in Vietnam and the Philippines: Effects of In-Kind Consumption on Inequality and Poverty ( Atsushi Maki and Satoshi Ohira) Abstract : This paper focuses on the Philippines and Vietnam where poverty alleviation programs play a critical role in maintaining minimal living standards, making...More
Are Luxury Goods Really Luxuries? The Validity of the Törnqvist-Wold Hypothesis ( Atsushi Maki and M lemba Abassy Kamwe) Abstract : Contrary to Engel’s Law, we find that the Engel curve is upward sloping in the very poor households in Tanzania, indicating that the total expenditure elasticity for...More
同声异气:中国1958年从朝鲜全部撤军方案的形成 [ Different Intentions with One Voice: The Making of Chinese Troops’ Withdrawal Package from the DPRK in 1958 ] ( Tian Wuxiong , PhD candidate, Peking University) 摘要 :1953年朝鲜停战后,联合国军和中国人民志愿军始终未能就一切外国军队撤离朝鲜半岛达成协议。尽管如此,至1955年底,联合国军和中国人民志愿军却已将大部分军队从韩国或朝鲜撤离。1958年2月,...More
Welfare State Development in East Asia: A Cross-Continental Comparison (Yasuhiro Kamimura, Nagoya University) Abstract : The last quarter century has witnessed the rapid transformation of welfare states in East Asia. It is, however, impossible to capture the magnitude of this change if we limit our...More
Where Are My Country(wo)men? The Lack of Singaporean Academics in Singapore’s Universities (Jack Chia and Carissa Kang, Cornell University) The revised working paper has been published in the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia: http://kyotoreview.org/yav/where-are-my-countrywomen-the-lack-of-...More
The early Holocene archaeobotanical record from the Zhangmatun site situated at the northern edge of the Shandong Highlands, China (Guiyun Jin, Pavel E. Tarasov, Xinghua Wang, Wenwan Wu, and Xiaohong Wu) Full paper [PDF]More
从《容美纪游》看清代容美土司的食物系统与逃逸文化 [ Food and the Escape Culture of Rongmei Chieftainship in the Qing Dynasty ] (Wu Xu, East China Normal University) 摘要 :南方民族食物系统中的刀耕火种、杂粮、野菜等一直被看成生产力低下的标志。本文以逃逸文化为视角,发现清代容美土司的看似“原始”的食物系统承担有重要的逃逸文化功能。土司的食物系统通过食物生产、制作和餐食结构上的特有习俗来消解水稻的主粮地位、树立与平原国家保持距离的边界符号、消除余粮积累,维持其政治经济上的“游耕-...More
Transition to the 'Universal Welfare State': the Changing Meaning of the 'Welfare State' in Korea (Kwon Huck-ju, Seoul National University) Abstract: Over the last fifty years, the welfare state in Korea has evolved from a minimal structure of welfare programmes to a comprehensive set of...More


An Interdisciplinary Perspective to a Historical Issue: A Jesuit Madonna Case in the Seventeenth Century (Chen Hui-hung, National Taiwan University) Abstract : Historical issues regarding cultural encounters can require explorations of complex relationships between the past and present, the Self...More
The China Dream in Question (Zhao Tingyang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Abstract : The ‘China dream’ has become a public topic open to debate this year, partly due to new chairman Xi Jinping’s encouraging claim of it, reminding people of the Chinese pursuit of national revival for more than...More
Intra-Cohort Growth in the Inequality of Mathematics Performance: Taiwan, the U.S. and the state of Massachusetts from an International Perspective (Huang Min-Hsiung, Academia Sinica) Abstract : As students in Taiwan progress from elementary to junior high school, a remarkable increase in the...More
共产主义中国的群众运动与乡村治理 (1945-1976) [ Mass Movements and Rural Governance in Communist China, 1945-76 ] (Li Lifeng, Nanjing University) ABSTRACT : Following the founding of the People’s Republic, successive mass movements spread like wildfire across China’s urban and rural areas, setting the tone for the...More
Cultural Governance in Contemporary China: "Re-Orienting" Party Propaganda (Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University) Download the full paperMore
The Rise of Industrial Policy in China, 1978-2012 (Sebastian Heilmann and Lea Shih, University of Trier) Abstract This study examines the forces that facilitated the surge of national industrial policy programs in China after 2004. We trace the formative role of transnational exchanges with Japan...More


Selectivity, Welfare Stigma, and the Take-up of Social Welfare: How Do Chinese People Manage Welfare Stigma? (Sophie Fenghua Zhou, School of Management, Central China Normal University; HYI Grassroots Training Program Visiting Scholar 2010-11) Abstract Scholarship of welfare stigma agrees that the...More
新中国第一次普选运动与“国家主人翁”形象建构——以上海为例,兼及北京 (Constructing the Discourse of “Masters of the Country” in New China’s First General Election: Shanghai and Beijing Compared) (Zhang Jishun, East China Normal University) Abstract: The People’s Republic of China’s 1953-54 general elections for local People’s...More
Male Fashion Magazines and Western Capitalist Expansion in a Post-Colonial State (Cao Jin, Fudan University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-10) Abstract Adopting an ethnographic approach, this paper uses the Chinese fashion magazine, Esquire (under the American Esquire copyright), as a case study of...More
What Comes Next After Socialism in China? : Communist Neo-Traditionalism Twenty Five Years After (Won Jaeyoun, Yonsei University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2011-12) Abstract The transformation of labour and unemployment in China raises a question of “What was socialism and what comes next.” This paper...More
Ideas of the University in China: A Critical Review (Tong Shijun, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University) Abstract In last few decades Chinese universities have developed tremendously in material, technical and professional terms. During this period there has been another change...More
Bargaining For Home: A Case Study of Urban Village Demolition Projects in Beijing (Liu Yiran, Tsinghua University; HYI Visiting Fellow, 2011-12) Abstract Using the Liulang Zhuang village as a case study, this paper explores how the simplification of state projects contradicts the complex reality of...More
传 统媒体作为调停者:框架整合与政策变迁 (Traditional Media as Mediators: an Integrated Framework and Policy Change) (Prof. Zeng Fanxu, Zhongshan University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2010-11) Abstract 近些年来,部分传统媒体自觉发展成为“调停者”,它们的策略性框架过程,有助于促成官方舆论与民间舆论的互动,形成“框架整合”的局面,并在一定程度影响社会抗争的政策结果。本文选取了发生于2007 年至2011 年的9 个中国都市环境维权抗争案例,...More
劳动热情与弄虚作假——计划经济时期生产过程中生产者与国家权力的一致、分歧与互动 (Labor Enthusiasm and Deception) (Jia Wenjuan, Ph.D. candidate, Zhongshan University; HYI Grassroots Training Program Visiting Fellow 2011-12)More


Whose Xinjiang? The Transition in Chinese Intellectuals' Imagination of the "New Dominion" during the Qing Dynasty (JIA Jianfei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; HYI Visiting Scholar 2011-12)More
Politics of Life and Science: The Introduction of Hans Driesch's Vitalism to Post-WWI China (Ku-ming (Kevin) Chang, Academia Sinica; HYI Visiting Scholar 2011-12) February 2016 - paper removedMore
Women Playing Men: Same-Sex Relations in Republican Shanghai (JIANG Jin, East China Normal University; HYI Visiting Scholar and Radcliffe Fellow in Residence, 2011-2012)More
An Entrepreneurial Party-state and Its “City Manager”: The Ningbo Urban Construction Investment Holding Co., Ltd. (NBUCI) and Ningbo’s Tianyi Square Project (ZHANG Han, The University of Hong Kong; HYI Grassroots Training Program Visiting Fellow 2010-2011)More
Jawaharlal Nehru and China: a Study in Failure? (Ramachandra Guha, 2011 Harvard-Yenching Institute Ingalls Fellow)More
Franco-Vietnamese Schools for Girls in Tonkin at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (TRAN Thi Phuong Hoa, Vietnam Institute for European Studies; HYI Visiting Fellow 2008-2009)More


Development of Property Law in Cambodia, Vietnam and China: What is behind the legal reforms in transition to a market economy? (KUONG Teilee, Nagoya University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-2010)More
New working papers added in 2010: Cambodian Constitutional Provisions on Treaties: A Story of Constitutional Evolution Beyond Rhetoric (KUONG Teilee, Nagoya University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-2010) Displaying Chinese Folklore to the World: the 2008 Olympic Games and International Folkloric...More
Cambodian Constitutional Provisions on Treaties: A Story of Constitutional Evolution Beyond Rhetoric (KUONG Teilee, Nagoya University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-2010)More
Displaying Chinese Folklore to the World: the 2008 Olympic Games and International Folkloric Tourism in Gaobeidian Village, Beijing (YANG Lihui, Professor, Institute of Folklore and Cultural Anthropology, Beijing Normal University; HYI Associate, 2006-07)More
Assessment of the Social Functions and Vitality of the Yi Language from the Perspective of its Domains of Use (HU Suhua, Minzu University of China; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-2010)More


Maitreya Images in Asian Buddhist Fine Arts (DINH Hong Hai, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences; HYI Visiting Fellow 2008-2009)More
The Production of Alternative Media in Mainland China: a Case Study of the Journal Friend Exchange (CAO Jin, Fudan University; HYI Visiting Scholar 2009-2010)More
Goddess Beliefs in the Chinese Lingnan Area (Nguyen Ngoc Tho, University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City; HYI Visiting Fellow, 2007-09)More
Franco-Vietnamese Schools and the Transition from Confucian to a New Kind of Intellectual in the Colonial Context of Tonkin (TRAN Thi Phuong Hoa, Vietnam Institute of History; HYI Visiting Fellow 2008-2009)More
Resilient Lilong: an Ethnography of Shanghai's Urban Housing (NON Arkaraprasertkul, Oxford University; HYI Doctoral Scholar, 2008-2012)More
Negotiating for a Green Home: Justifications and Forms of Associations in a Public Controversy in Shenzhen (Brenda Chun LIU, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; HYI Visiting Fellow, 2008-2009)More
Environmental Activism in China: 15 Years in Review, 1994-2008 (WU Fengshi, Chinese University of Hong Kong; HYI Visiting Scholar 2008-2009)More
Friendship and Equality in Tan Sitong's Concept of Pingdeng (CHEN Jeng-Guo, Academia Sinica; HYI Visiting Scholar 2008-2009)More